The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a five-day Joint Scoping Mission with the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) on November 23-27, 2015 after the Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the DENR expressed its intent to be part of the global strategic program under the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) leading to the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) to address climate change and variability challenges.
The Mission consisted of a Kick-off Meeting with the WB and ADB representatives with DENR Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi presiding last November 23, 2015; consultation meetings chaired by DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio with the government agencies, civil society organizations, academes, and Development Partners on November 24-26, 2015; and the Wrap up Meeting headed by DENR Undersecretary Analiza Teh with the two development banks last November 27, 2015.
The general objective of the mission was to assist the Philippines in putting in place a transparent and consultative process to support further evolution and improvement of the climate response program of the Government, leveraging an approach consistent with the approach of the PPCR.
The consultations focused on introducing the PPCR process and how it could support the development of the Risk Resiliency and Sustainability Program (RRSP) into the overall strategic framework on climate adaptation and resiliency. According to Undersecretary Gerochi, the climate change resiliency should not only focus on the natural resources but should also reflect the welfare of human beings on the big picture. Moreover, Undersecretary Ignacio mentioned that the initiative of the Field Operations at present was to move forward from target based to sustainable based, which was consistent with the concept of the proposed program. The stakeholders welcomed the initiative and expressed their support and willingness to be a part of the preparation phase of the RRSP.
The mission team agreed that the development of the RRSP would constitute the formulation of a proposal for $1.5 million in grant financing (Phase 1) to support the readiness activities and the preparation of the SPCR would be based on five complementary components enumerated as follows:
- Developing the business case for improved adaptation and resilience investment planning, budgeting, and implementation for the RRSP;
- Developing the Scope and Content of the RRSP in support of financing and mainstreaming climate adaptation and resilience;
- Developing the Execution Processes and Modalities for the RRSP;
- Strengthening the monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for the RRSP;
- Supporting consultative processes for the formulation of the RRSP. #